Iran has breached a uranium enrichment cap set by a troubled 2015 nuclear deal and warned Europe against taking retaliatory measures. Iran surpassing the cap and reaching 4.5 percent enrichment was announced today by the country’s atomic energy organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi. According to semi-official ISNA news agency, Kamalvandi said, this level of purity completely satisfies the power plant fuel requirements of the country.
The move came more than a year after Washington pulled out of the landmark accord between world powers and Tehran, which says it has lost patience with perceived inaction by the remaining European partners. Kamalvandi hinted that the Islamic republic might stick to this level of enrichment for the time being, which is well below the more than 90-percent level required for a nuclear warhead.